Revealed: the real reason behind Arsenal’s dramatic recent revival

How announcer learning players’ surnames saved Arsenal’s season


There are several theories as to why Arsenal have gone from sailing along in summer holiday mode to sudden favourites for fourth with a decent chance of overhauling Tottenham.

Some will link it to the absence of Aaron Ramsey, as anonymous as Robin van Persie has been brilliant in recent months. Others will point to the unlikely renaissance of Tomas Rosicky, the return from injury of defenders slightly less disaster-prone than their understudies or Arsene Wenger suddenly remembering that he signed Yossi Benayoun last summer.

The real hero of the transformation that has seen them score 15 goals in three home games is the stadium announcer, or whoever convinced him to finally ditch the cringetastic theatre of reading the line-ups by yelling a player’s first name then getting the crowd to do the other half of the job he is no doubt handsomely paid for. You know the drill…

“Tomas…” “Rosicky!”

“Alex…” “Song!”

“Erm, Gerv…” “inho!”

And is it any wonder that this has had a positive impact? No longer do ten Arsenal players start a game strangled by self pity having realised Gunnersaurus is the only one shouting their name back as the few fans willing to participate in the shambles conserve energy in order to bellow RVP’s last two initials with the gusto merited.

No longer are the notoriously boisterous Emirates support forced to spend the 90 minutes in silence having lost their voices getting caught up in the pre-match carnival, instead being able to intimidate visitors by regaling tales about their status as by far the greatest team the world has ever seen.

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1 response so far
  • Josh Tarrant // March 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Its a good call. Are the any other pre-match rituals clubs do which are slightly awkward?

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